Panoramic View of China

E-405: 17 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai - Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin - Hong Kong
Tour Type: Private Partially-guided Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver for specified guided tours
Accommodation: 3-star decent hotels, also be open to your own choice
Tour Features:
    With essential parts like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army with a guide plus some open free days for easy sightseeing in downtown, our itinerary is particularly designed for clients who are on a limited budget and enjoy a measure of independent travel with our professional suggestions.
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Day 1 Entry Beijing
The 17 days China tour starts as soon as you arrive at the Capital Airport. After you retrieve your luggage at the baggage claim area and clear Customs, follow the crowds to the exit where your guide will be waiting for you holding a banner with your name on it. After a short greeting, the guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel by comfortable private car and help you with the check-in procedure. The rest of the time is free for you to relax in preparation for your coming adventure. If your flight arrives early, take a stroll around the neighborhood near the hotel on your own to get your first impression of the capital city. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel
Day 2 Beijing
Our clients at the Great Wall
Photo by our clients Mr. Shawn Corkrean & Mr. Evan Corkrean
Our guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at the appointed time. Begin the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, which used to be a royal court outside the Forbidden City during the feudal era in China. Now the square has become a venerable place for holding important celebrations, grand meetings, and ceremonies for welcoming foreign guests. A short walk from the square will bring you to the Forbidden City, an ancient royal palace, which is also one of the most celebrated museums in China with numerous precious treasures and valuable cultural heritage. While marveling at the magnificent architecture, you will also be attracted to the stories about the emperors and their concubines. Make your own plans for lunch. Your guide can suggest some restaurants nearby and you may choose the one you prefer. 

In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is a garden composed of the cream of the classical garden arts in our country. The tactfully conceived long corridor, spectacular Seventeen-arch Bridge and other beautiful scenes evoke the solemn elegance of this royal garden. After the visit, we will transfer you back to the hotel in the late afternoon

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Beijing
Panoramic view of Forbidden City
Please get up early and be ready for a challenging day. We suggest you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide. The morning excursion focuses on the famous Mutianyu Great Wall, which is strategically situated on a mountain ridge with an altitude of about 500 to 1000 meters. And the round trip cable car ride will be included. You will make your own arrangement for lunch today. As the wall is 65 kilometers north of downtown Beijing and the substandard restaurants near the site are not up to most people's expectations, it is better for you to have some fast food around the site. 

Afterwards we'll drive you back to town. A stopover at the Bird's Nest (Olympic stadium) will be arranged en route. You can enjoy the appearance of the stadium and take some pictures as a memento. In the afternoon, move on to explore the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest surviving architectural complex devoted to the sacrificial practices of ancient times. With a pleasant environment and clean, fresh air, it is also an ideal place for walking and doing leisure activities. Your guide will give your Beijing/Xian train ticket for tomorrow and will answer any questions you may have regarding the train journey. The guided service in Beijing ends after we transfer you back to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xian
Local people dancing in the City Wall Park
The entire day is free time for you without a guide or driver. Please be sure to check out of the hotel before 12:00. For your convenience, you may leave your luggage with the hotel concierge and retrieve it before you go to the railway station in the evening. We suggest that today you might take the Hutong tour or visit the Xiushui silk market. You will learn more about the traditional culture of our ancient capital from another perspective by exploring the narrow alleys of the Beijing Hutong. Take bus No. 60 for 8 stops from Nanheyan station to Drum Tower station. To reach Nayheyan station, walk eastward for 40 meters from the hotel and turn left. After you get off the bus, walk forward for 30 meters and then turn left. You will arrive at the Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie), which is the starting point of your Hutong visit. Walk across the Silver Ingot Bridge, and you will find many Hutongs at the rear of Shichahai Lake area. During the visit, you may also take time to stop at one or two quadrangle courtyards to visit the local families. Then move on to Prince Gong's Mansion, which was the largest princely mansion during the Qing Dynasty. A rickshaw ride is very popular among those who visit the area. If you are interested in this kind of experience, please remember to find a pedicab driver in uniform and whose vehicle displays a license plate. The rate is from CNY30 to CNY200 per person based on the route and please don't forget to bargain over the price. You may find restaurants easily at Tea & Bar Street along Shichahai Lake. From here you could move on to the Silk Market after lunch. Walking southward along the Tea & Bar Street, you will reach West Di'anmen Street. From there we suggest you take a taxi (CNY22 per cab) to the Xiushui Silk Market. To return to your hotel, walk for 30 meters to the south, turn right into Jianguomen Outer Street and go along the street westward for 270 meters. You will arrive at the Jianguomen Subway Station. Take Subway Line 1 (Pingguoyuan Direction) for 2 stops. Get off at Wangfujing station and leave from Exit C (southeast exit). Walk along East Changan Street for about 400 meters. Turn right and pass through the underground passage. Keep walking along Nanyanhe Street for 200 meters. There you will find the Nanwanzi Hutong where your hotel is located.

After retrieving your luggage from the hotel, please take a taxi to Beijing West Railway Station for your overnight soft-sleeper train to Xian. Although there are meals available on the train, the food they offered does not come up to passenger's expectations. Therefore, we recommend that you bring some simple food along with you. Here is a link to some information about the train baggage allowance

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 5 Xian
Our clients learning how to make dumplings in the Xian family home visit
You will arrive in the ancient city of Xian this morning. After getting off the train, you will find our guide waiting for you at the platform of the railway station. Breakfast is not included today, but there is a variety of restaurants near your hotel. After a short break, our guide and driver will accompany you to three noted attractions. "Amazing" is the word most frequently used by visitors to describe the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. You will marvel at the miracle created for the burial of China's first emperor when you first see it. No matter how much material you have read from books you just can't imagine seeing it right before you. Lunch is on your own, and you may follow the advice from your guide for where to have it. In the afternoon, a visit to the Provincial History Museum will be scheduled. A ten minute drive will get you to the Xian Museum and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a very popular attraction both for sightseeing and leisure activities.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
Day 6 Xian - Chongqing
Three Gorges scenery
Today is a free day with no scheduled activities.  We would like to recommend the following plan as one of your options. Being built along the old city wall, the City Wall Park is a popular place for local people to do morning exercises like walking, running or dancing. If you are interested in learning more about local people's lives, you may spend some time here and join the fun. The nearest entrance to the park from your hotel is the South Gate. Walk south along the North street to the Bell Tower Crossroad, then cross the street through the underpass and walk for about 800 meters along the South street, you will see the park on the right. After enjoying yourself at the park, we suggest you get back to the South Gate before 10:30 to see the Warrior Parade Performance and ascend the City Wall. The entrance fee is CNY40 per person. Once on the wall you may either take a leisurely walk or rent a bicycle to ride. Depending on your energy level, you can ride for a short distance and then back the same way, or you can make a complete circle around the wall, which takes about 2 hours. Then you might also pay a short visit to Shuyuanmen, which is an antique cultural street situated on the eastern side of the South Gate. The street is filled with traditional crafts and souvenir shops that sell curios, calligraphies, paintings and handcrafts. Chinese and Western restaurants can be found along South Street. In the afternoon you can stay in the inner city area. From the Bell Tower, you can stroll along East Street to the large shopping malls and boutiques located on both its sides. Or you could visit the Drum Tower and Muslim Bazaar along West Street. Please do not forget to buy some food for the train journey tonight.

In the evening, take an overnight soft-sleeper train to extend your China itinerary 17 days to Chongqing. Our guide will have given you the train ticket the day before. We advise you to get to the railway station early to assure a smooth tour. According to our experience, it is not easy to get a taxi from the city center, so you may choose the bus instead. You can take bus No. 611 or No. 201 at the station east of the Bell Tower and get off at the railway station (the terminal). Keep walking northward for about 100 meters and the railway station is on the left. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 7 Chongqing
The train will arrive in Chongqing in the morning. Your local professional Chongqing guide will meet you with comfortable transfer service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on your own arrangements. You may ask your guide for some advice on restaurant choices. Have a brief guided city sightseeing tour to the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum and Ciqikou Village. Then you will be escorted to the pier to board the cruise ship. All activities on the cruise ship are arranged by the cruise company and we only purchase the cruise ticket for you. There will be an English-speaking river guide on the ship at your service. You may call on him or her for help whenever needed. Your memorable Yangtze River cruise begins at 22:00.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: President No.7/No.8 with balcony
Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise
It is morning tea or coffee time from 07:00 to 07:30. You will also have chance to learn Tai Chi if you wish during this period. Buffet breakfast is served from 07:30 to 08:30. Follow the instructions of the cruise company for which restaurant and table to go to. The morning is free for you to relax on board. At 12:30, an onshore excursion to Shuangguishan National Forest Park in Fengdu is arranged for passengers. Return to the cruise ship after the visit. The Captain's Welcome Party will be held this evening and you are invited to attend.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise
After breakfast, the ship will sail into Qutang Gorge at around 10:00 in the morning. With a length of about 8 kilometers, Qutang Gorge is the shortest but grandest part of Yangtze River. The height of the main peak can reaches 1500 meters while the width of the river at its narrowest is only a few dozen meters. Then you will enjoy the picturesque scenery along the winding Wu Gorge. In the afternoon, you will disembark for a boat excursion to the Shennong Stream based on arrangements by the cruise company. The unique sights on both sides of the river bank will make your adventure more exciting and impressive. After that, the ship continues sailing to the Xiling Gorge, which is the longest section with a length of about 70 kilometers among the three gorges. An elegant party will be arranged by the staff of the cruise company after the farewell dinner. You are welcome to join the party and have fun with them.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Yichang - Shanghai
Nanjing Road
This morning you will check out the ship and pay a visit to the Three Gorges Dam. Covering an area of 15.28 square kilometers, the whole site fully showcases the technical engineering and irrigation works used on the Three Gorges Project. You will be lucky if you happen to arrive at the time of a gushing flood discharge. After that, the cruise ship company will drive you to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city. Our local guide will meet you there and transfer you to the railway station to catch the bullet train to Shanghai with a duration of around 7.5 hours. All arrangements in Shanghai are on your own except for the hotel booking.

The most convenient way from the train station to your hotel is by taxi. Hongqiao Railway Station is 20 kilometers away from your hotel, and it takes around 30 minutes and CNY70 by taxi. If coming from Shanghai Railway Station which is only 1.5 kilometers away, you will spend CNY 20 per cab and get to the hotel in 10 minutes.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 11 Shanghai
The day is free for you to draw up a plan by yourself. Shanghai is a modern city with a good selection of sights and places to visit. The top famous attractions you should not miss on your 17 days China tour in Shanghai are Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, the Bund and the Huangpu River. We suggest you walk to Hanzhong Road Station to take metro line 12 (Jinhai Rd. direction). Get off at Tiantong Road (the 2nd stop), interchange to subway line 10 (Hongqiao Railway Station direction) to Yuyuan station (the 2nd stop) and leave from Exit 1. Visit the Yuyuan Garden on your own at leisure. It used to be a private garden during the Ming Dynasty and there are more than 40 ancient structures in the garden with exquisite design and delicate layout. Outside Yuyuan Garden is the bustling Yuyuan Market. With a combination of traditional local culture, architecture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and a shopping market, it is also an attractive place that appeals to many travelers. Some of the famous restaurants in the market are the Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, the Lubolang Restaurant and the Shanghai Old Restaurant. There is also a variety of local street foods in the market for you to try. 

Nanjing Road is about 1.5 kilometers from Yuyuan. If you take a taxi, it is about 5-6 minutes driving time and costs about CNY14. If you choose to walk, it takes about 30 minutes. Just walk along South Henan Road to Middle Henan Road and then to Nanjing Road. You may also take subway line 10 (New Jiangwan City direction) for one stop and leave from Exit 3 of East Nanjing Road Station. As one of the most famous and prosperous commercial streets, East Nanjing Road is a must-go place for visitors from home and abroad for shopping and sightseeing. Not far away from the east end of East Nanjing Road, the Bund area along the Hangpu River is another famous spot that's worth exploring. A short evening cruise on the Huangpu River is also a good choice to appreciate the night scenery of Shanghai. Then take a taxi back to the hotel and have a good rest. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Shanghai - Guilin
The whole morning is free for you to relax at the hotel or step out for some fun. Pack your luggage and take a taxi to the airport by yourselves. We will inform you of the flight schedule in advance, so that you can check-in at the designated counter properly. Upon your arrival in Guilin, our local guide will wait for you at the luggage claim area and then transfer you to the hotel. The guide will also give you your high speed train ticket for the trip from Guilin to Hong Kong. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Universal
Day 13 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Our clients enjoying the charming view along the Li River
When talking about beautiful scenery, many people believe that the mountains and waters of Guilin are the best, and the essential part of its landscape is in Yangshuo.  This morning, we only offer a private transfer to the pier, from where you will take a cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo on your own. In addition to the nearly four hours of delightful and pleasurable cruise experience, you can also explore Yangshuo on your own for two or three hours. Yangshuo is a famous ancient town with a long history. The whole town appears to be a large colorful garden with abundant natural resources and plenty of things to see including the unique mountains, winding rivers and fancy caves. You can take an electric car along the country roads to admire the graceful and tranquil rural scenes, or just walk along West Street and have a cup of coffee. Travel back to Guilin by bus on your own. The bus ticket can be bought at the New Century Hotel or at the bus station. The last non-stop bus departs at 19:00 and the driving time is around 1.5 hours. After you get off the bus, please take a taxi back to the hotel.

Tips: Since the simple box lunch provided by the cruise is not up to TCG's serving standard, you may consider having a hearty breakfast at the hotel this morning.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Guilin
Villages in Yangshuo
Please manage your own sightseeing today. It is convenient and economical to take taxis between the scenic spots in Guilin city. Our suggestion on your self-guided visit starts with the Reed Flute Cave, which is one of the most important parts of the entire Li River Scenic Spot. Opened in 1962, the cave is not only physically beautiful, but is also of great historical interest. At least 170 ancient writings have been found on the walls including poems, autographs, and works of calligraphy made by literati, monks and tourists from all parts of the country. Then take a taxi to Seven Star Park, which is the city's largest and most popular park. You may have lunch at Chun Ji Roasted Goose near the North Gate of the park, or Zi Ran Ji restaurant near the West Gate of the park. There are also some other restaurants around the park so you can explore a little and find one that interests you. After exploring Seven Star Park, you may move on to visit Elephant Trunk Hill, which looks like a giant elephant with a long trunk. Then, you will take a taxi back to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 15 Guilin - Hong Kong
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and take a taxi to Guilin West Railway Station for a high speed train to Hong Kong directly. The train will depart from Guilin at 13:38 and arrive at Hong Kong at 16:54 in the afternoon.

After around 3.5 hours' journey, you will get to the West Kowloon Station, where you can easily get a taxi or take around 10 minutes' walk to the hotel we booked for you.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: B P International House
Day 16 Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Photo by our client Ms. Sandra Ann Macksoud
Hong Kong is an international metropolis with a developed economy and convenient transportation. It is a brilliant city and definitely deserving of a visit. The whole day is free for you to explore the city on your own. The hotel accommodation will be arranged by our company in advance. Here we would like to recommend Ocean Park for today's activity. From your hotel, you may take the Tsuen Wan Line at Jordan Station and get off at Admiralty Station (Exit B), then transfer to bus No. 629 to get to Ocean Park. If there are children in your group, then Hong Kong Disneyland is a good alternative choice. You may walk to Austin Station from the hotel to take the West Rail Line for two stops. After arriving at Nam Cheong Station, please transfer to the Tung Chung Line and get off at the third stop. From here the Disneyland Resort Line will take you to the destination.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 17 Hong Kong Exit
Your 17 days China tour package concludes today. After breakfast, please check out of the hotel before noon and travel to the airport on your own according to your homebound flight schedule. A shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport is available. Check the schedule and the cost at the hotel reception and reserve your seats at least 3 hours prior to departure. If your flight leaves early in the morning or late at night, you may choose to take a taxi which cost at around HD$215.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Tour Prices
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfare & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private guides and drivers on guided tours
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites on guided tours
  • Yangtze River cruise with full board
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Transfers and entrance fees for free days
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Lisa from USA | May. 03, 2019 10:05Reply
Are there any specific days for this itinerary?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | May. 05, 2019 01:59

As it is a private tour, the schedule is flexible. We can arrange the itinerary according to your requirement. Please feel free to contact us should you need any further information. We will try to help you. Thanks.
Asked by Jack from WALES | Mar. 20, 2019 12:55Reply
How to Get From Guilin West To South By Bus?
I need to get bus transport between the two railway stations. Also, If possible, what would you estimate the price of a cab between the two be? Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Chase from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 20, 2019 18:53

Take bus no.22 from West Railway Station to the South Railway Station (also called Guilin Railway Station) directly. The ticket fare is CNY2/person. It takes around an hour on the way.
If by taxi, in general, it costs CNY30-40.
Answered by Jack from WALES | Mar. 21, 2019 04:36

Thanks so much! Super helpful and quick response!
Asked by Sam from USA | Jul. 25, 2017 21:02Reply
Bus to Dazu from Chongqing Airport?
Is there transportation from the Airport directly to Dazu?
Do you know the times of departure?
Thanks, sam
Answers (1)
Answered by David from DENMARK | Jul. 26, 2017 21:09

You should take the long distance bus at the Long-duistance Exchanging Center to Dazu. It is lcoated between terminal 2A and 2B. The buses are available at 9:50, 11:30, 13:10, 15:10, 16:40, 18:00, and 19:30.
Asked by Louie from USA | Apr. 14, 2017 16:32Reply
Does anyone know the taxi fare from Yichang Cruise Pier to Crowne Plaza Hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucy from CANADA | Apr. 18, 2017 00:57

Is the cruise pier located at no.142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District? If yes, the distance is only around 500 yards. From the pier, just walk southeast along Yanjiang Avenue and you will find the hotel easily.
Asked by RICHIEN | Apr. 03, 2017 02:23Reply
how much is the taxi fare from deshengmen bus station to meridian gate forbidden city? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Edwin from POLAND | Apr. 03, 2017 04:21

It might cost around CNY25 by taxi.
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